31 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
You may notice a colostrum leaking from your breasts. This is a first milk that your glands produce, so if you want to protect your clothes, put nursing pads in your nursing bra.
Growth slows down, but the brain continues to develop rapidly. The maturation of the nerve cells is complete, and the child can feel the touch and pain. Try to press your belly gently – it will react by moving. The only organ that still needs to be fully developed is the lungs. The biggest problem with premature babies is undeveloped lungs.
If the possibility of early delivery is detected on time, the baby can get a corticosteroid, a medicine that can accelerate the maturation of this vital organ. If the baby is a boy, the testicles begin to descend into the scrotum slowly. The length of the baby is now about 16 inches, and it weighs about two and a half pounds.
Tip for this week
If you are carrying two or more babies, you should slowly prepare your maternity bags. It is possible that you will begin to feel more Braxton-Hicks contractions – false contractions that are not painful, but not particularly pleasant. They last from 30 to 60 seconds, they are not rhythmically uniform and occur occasionally.
The time has come to consider whether you want to have a natural childbirth or to use pain medication during the labor. You can always change your mind during the labor.
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